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HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support

The answers to your questions about HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support

HBF+Europe offers minority co-production support to European producers to participate in high-quality feature films by talented filmmakers from countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and certain countries in Eastern Europe. The funding is designed for international co-productions, in which at least one European and one non-European producer is involved. For more details, see here.

Narrative feature length film projects, made by filmmakers with a nationality from and who live in one of the countries mentioned on the HBF list of eligible countries. Please refer to the eligibility criteria and regulations on this page for an overview of all criteria for eligible projects. 

The director(s) of the film should be a national from one of the countries mentioned on the HBF list of eligible countries. If one of the directors is not a national one of these countries, it is not possible to apply. Please refer to the eligibility criteria and regulations on this page for an overview of all criteria for eligible projects. 

The applicant should be a production company that is constituted and active for at least two years in a country participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme and owned - directly or by majority participation - by nationals from such countries. The track record of the applicant should demonstrate a (majority or minority) participation in at least two completed feature films, including one international or European co-produced feature film.

The applicant should apply with a project by an eligible filmmaker (i.e. a filmmaker with a nationality from and who lives in one of the countries mentioned on the HBF list of eligible countries).

The maximum amount awarded per project is € 60,000.

All upcoming deadlines can be found here

The HBF works with an online application form that can be accessed by registering a personal account. In addition to the application form, the HBF requests a full project dossier and a completed eligibility form.

Please refer to the Required documentation on this page for a full overview of what to submit. 

The European Commission stipulated that other countries than EU Member States are eligible to participate in activities supported by the Creative Europe programme. Together with the EU member states, these non-EU countries form the list of countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme. 

Yes. To ensure that the applying producer can have a significant creative input in the project it is not possible to apply with an HBF+Europe application if shooting has already started. Since the results of the selection will only be announced three months after the deadline, we can only accept applications that go into production three months after the application deadline.

Due to the HBF’s financial obligations, the conditions and requirements as mentioned in the HBF+Europe contract need to be finished by a given date. This means that a final version of the film has been delivered and all payments and reports have been made about 32 months after the application deadline. The premiere of the film may take place at a later date, as long as the HBF has received all deliverables on time.

No, there is no possibility to appeal this decision.

Yes, it can be combined with all other HBF schemes.

No.

No. Projects cannot receive funding twice for co-production from similar co-production programmes funded by Creative Europe. These programmes are:

- Berlinale: WCF Europe Programme
- Torino Film Lab: Coproduction Fund
- IDFA: IDFA Bertha Fund Europe

Should you have applied to HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support and one of these similar programmes, please notify us.

Yes: all previously existing regular funding of these funds can be combined with HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support. However, it is not possible to apply for this scheme if you receive funding by the following Creative Europe-funded programmes: 

- Berlinale: WCF Europe Programme
- Torino Film Lab: Coproduction Fund
- IDFA: IDFA Bertha Fund Europe

These are similar programmes to HBF+Europe and are all funded by Creative Europe's Co-production Funds-scheme. Therefore they cannot be combined with the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support.

As of 2022, it is mandatory to include an environmental sustainability strategy in the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support application dossier. The committee will assess the feasibility of the strategy to ensure a more environmentally-respectful film production and in what way the producer(s) aim(s) to reduce the carbon footprint of the project. The innovative aspects of this environmental sustainability strategy will also be assessed.

The assessment of each project is based on pre-formulated criteria and scores will be given on each main selection criteria, with a maximum score of 100 points. A maximum of 15 points can be given out towards the environmental sustainability strategy. You can read more in the Award criteria to be found on this page

Only producers from countries that are members of the MEDIA Sub-programme can be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support.

Producers from a country on the HBF list of eligible countries, that are also fully participating members of the MEDIA Sub-programme can be the applicant. Producers from countries that partially participate in the MEDIA Sub-programme cannot be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support. 

No. 

The main part of the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support guidelines have remained identical to previous years. However, there are two important changes we'd like to draw your attention to. 

Eurimages: as of 2022, the restrictions towards the participation of Eurimages-members in projects applying have been lifted. An eligible co-production structure should consist of one co-producer (applicant) from a country participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme and one co-producer from a country on the HBF list of eligible countries (that is not participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme). 

Environmental sustainability strategy: as a fund we'd like to encourage film producers to reduce the carbon footprint of their film projects. Therefore the HBF as of 2022 requests an environmental sustainability strategy as a mandatory document in the application dossier. Please refer to the award criteria on this page to learn more. 

 

For the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support, the committee assessing the projects consists of members from Europe and outside Europe, each with a distinct and relevant expertise and experience within the film industry.

Projects that meet the formal criteria for eligibility will be further assessed based on the entry form, additional documents and visual material. An assessment form based on pre-formulated criteria is used and scores will be given on each main selection criteria, with a maximum score of 100 points. Please refer to this page for the Award criteria for more detailed information. 

Upon request, an overview of the average score can be provided, as well as feedback from the HBF-staff by telephone only.

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